New deli planned at Highams garage


Highams has been granted permission for a car wash and delicatessen at Tower Garage on Wilmslow Road.

Whilst the car wash has been in operation for several years the owners were not aware that they required planning permission, as they were of the opinion that it was part of the garage operation.

Highams plan to use part of their parking and display area as a hand car wash and the car showroom as an American style deli/coffee shop.

The main reason for diversifying their business is to survive during these difficult times and make better use of the large retail site.

Stephen Higham said "We are going to open a New York Style Deli in our round showroom. The concept is for healthy wholesome food and drink. We will keep the wash but move it to a corner to facilitate car parking for our customers, which as you know from Alderley is very important.

"We will be children friendly and open till early evening. We want to nurture a comfortable and friendly environment where customers can drop in to have their cars cleaned, serviced, mot etc and enjoy high quality produce at a reasonable price. We will be starting work shortly."

The hours of operation will be limited to 8.30am to 7pm hours on Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays or Public Holidays.

Planning permission has been granted on the condition that no mechanical drying equipment (e.g. fans) shall be used, any pressure washing shall be restricted to two units in use at any one time and there shall be no external speakers or music.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Steve Savage
Tuesday 29th March 2011 at 3:14 pm
I applaud the entrepreneurial spirit shown here and wish them all the best in their new venture.
Ann Clarke
Tuesday 29th March 2011 at 8:09 pm
Great architecture for an American diner!
Neil Lloyd-Pennington
Tuesday 29th March 2011 at 11:40 pm
This building is as classic a landmark as the cars it has played host to over the years I have known it since a young boy. I'm sorry to see it being used in this way.
Kelvin Briggs
Wednesday 30th March 2011 at 7:37 am
Good luck with the Deli. Agree with Ann on the 'diner' architecture, very 'American Graffiti', a great film, still have the vinyl soundtrack in the garage somewhere ;)
Steve Savage
Wednesday 30th March 2011 at 8:51 am
How would you like to see it used Neil?
Darren Parkinson
Wednesday 30th March 2011 at 9:19 am
Love the idea! Really looks the part!
Alec Finney
Thursday 31st March 2011 at 3:22 pm
This is a great idea - as most of us agree it totally suits the architecture. Have a Google at Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks' for the full effect. Not sure the planning application for an 'Amusement Centre' in the village - which will be discussed at the Macc Planning meeting tomorrow is such a good idea though.
Neil Lloyd-Pennington
Friday 1st April 2011 at 7:56 am
I have looked at Nighthawks, I understand the concept of what Highams are tryiing to achieve from a financial and social perspective. However I still have reservations about this proposal from both these angles. I don't believe this is right for Alderley Edge.
Steve Savage
Friday 1st April 2011 at 9:32 am
still better than another empty premises though.
Dave Clarke
Friday 8th April 2011 at 10:00 pm
Alec - I agree Hoppers picture is an American classic! Totally agree that it's a great use for the site and pleased that the site will continue to be used. Well done the owners for trying something new. I personally wish it every success.
Stephen Higham
Thursday 21st April 2011 at 10:32 am
I would like to thank all contributors (both supportive and sceptical ) for their comments which will be taken seriously. We hope that our new venture will be an asset to the village we have lived/worked in for over 50 years. With reference to the comments on the change of use for the premises it may be of interest for you to know that the circular building was originally designed and commissioned by the Total Oil Company as a showpiece to market their Petrol & Oil in the UK. It was designed to be attendant service only and within a very short space of time outdated with the introduction of self service pumps. Time does not stand still for anyone!